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Croatian Tourism Continues to Skyrocket

Jordan Quinn

Posted on October 29, 2019 11:51

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Despite all the nay-saying by industry experts earlier this year, the tourist season in Croatia is ending with larger numbers than the previous year. It is a clear indication that Croatia’s tourism industry is steadily climbing, as some predicted it would before the rainy May weather had experts doubting the industry would top it’s last year’s numbers.

Despite all the nay-saying by industry experts earlier this year, the tourist season in Croatia is ending with larger numbers than the previous year. It is a clear indication that Croatia’s tourism industry is steadily climbing, as some predicted it would before the rainy May weather raised doubts the industry would top its 2018 numbers.

Regardless of the slow start to the season, Croatia has already hosted nearly 20 million visitors in 2019. That includes over 106 million overnight stays already recorded, with nearly two months left in the year.

According to the Croatian National Tourism Board, 2019 figures have already surpassed the totals from 2018. So far, overnight stays are up by two percent from last year, and tourist arrivals, in general, are up by five percent.

Only 24 million people (out of over 106 million) stayed in hotels this year during their trip to Croatia. Approximately 40 million tourists opted to stay in private apartments and rooms, while tens of millions more guests stayed in hostels, with friends and relatives, or even camped out.

As with the previous years, the majority of Croatian tourists this year arrived from European countries such as Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, and other close neighbors. These populations are familiar with Croatia, either due to close proximity or due to relatives living or working in Croatia, and are often drawn to visit because of the country's abundance of sunshine. Croatia receives more hours of sunshine than any other country on Earth. However, more Americans and other English-speaking tourists such as Britains and Australians are also visiting Croatia each year, and the already crowded beaches and accommodations of the Croatian coast are being bombarded with almost more tourism than they’re equipped to handle.

Furthermore, things aren’t all sunshine and picnics at the beach for Croatian tourism either. Tourism wasn’t exactly the first thing in mind when these beautiful and ancient coastal cities along the Croatian shores were established, and most of them weren't designed to navigate in a similar fashion to how you get around back in the States. They’re just not laid out in a fashion that makes it realistic to choose a personal car as your first and primary mode of transportation. 

Further, there are additional downsides as well. Overexposure in marketing, for one thing, causes certain areas to become hot spots, such as Hvar, Split, and Dubrovnik, while other areas, equally beautiful and exotic, attract far fewer tourists (and dollars) each year. And there is increasing damage being done to nature each year by excessive crowds of tourists who descend upon the Croatian shores and beach-side towns each summer, as well.

For now, as long as Croatians and law-makers stay on top of environmental issues and continue building relationships with the US and other English-speaking nations, the future of the industry looks bright for the region.

Jordan Quinn

Posted on October 29, 2019 11:51

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